Sears 50mm f/1.7 Auto MC

Sears 50mm 1.7 Auto MC-1

Sears 50mm f/1.7 Auto MC. If you’re looking to purchase this lens I always check Adorama and Ebay for good deals. It helps me if you purchase it through one of these links here in this review. When you purchase through these links it financially enables me to devote time to develop this site further. Thanks for the help! -Todd

Sears 50mm 1.7 Auto MC-2


8.1 oz (229g)

Focus Ring
Rubber on Metal.

Close Focus
1.5 feet (0.45 meters).

Filter Threads
52mm, Metal

Aperture Ring

6 blades stopping down to f/16.

Mine came in Pentax Metal Mount.

Made in

f/1.7 | f/2 | f/2.8 | f/3.5 | f/4 | f/8


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f/1.7 | f/2 | f/2.8 | f/3.5 | f/4 | f/8


Corner at f/1.7

Corner at f/1.7

f/1.7 A little soft with lower contrast and a bit of spherical and chromatic aberration.
f/2 Sharpens up a little bit with better contrast but still a fair bit of chromatic aberration.
f/2.8: Sharpens up nicely with good contrast and less chromatic aberrations.
f/3.5: Sharper yet with more contrast and almost no chromatic aberrations.
f/4: Sharper yet.
f/8: Sharper yet but the start of some diffusion.


Quite a bit of vignetting at f/1.7 which quickly starts to clear at f/2 and almost gone by f/3.5.

Normal amount of barrel distortion common for most 50mm lenses.

The blur is not too bad but suffers from spherical aberration which is distracting.


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On MF Camera
Optics:          ★ ★ ★
Mechanics:   ★ ★ ★ ★
Ergonomics: ★ ★ ★ ★
Usefulness:  ★ ★ ★
Availability:   ★
Overall:         ★ ★

On AF Camera
Ergonomics: ★ ★ ★
Overall:        ★ ★
Out of 5

This lens has pretty good optics stopped down to f/2. It is built like a tank and very easy to use. The spherical aberration bothers me a bit because I like to shoot portraits with the backgrounds blurred. The bokeh is a bit funny because of this.
If you find one for cheap you can’t go wrong but I wouldn’t go out of my way to find one.


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